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No Fooling April is HOT!!!!

By Bobby Cleveland

bcleveland@clarionledger.com

When red snapper become legal April 21 in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most important fishing seasons on the Mississippi Coast will officially begin.

It is imperative to the sport fishing industry, in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina, that it be a good one – and not just from a business standpoint.

“I think everyone needs to go fishing again, if for no other reason that to return a little normalcy after these trying times,” said Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel of WhipaSnapa Charters in D’iberville. “But, it’s vital for us, as charter captains, to have a good season. We lost the end of the summer and all of last fall.”

“But, as horrible as the storm was, Katrina will probably produce some of the best fishing this summer that the Gulf has seen in a long,long time. Big storms always seem to help fishing.”

Red snapper may be April’s big offshore story, but inshore the month means crappie fishing.

Red snapper are expected to be big and plentiful in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel feels April is a peak time to chase big snapper. The season opens April 21.